The Los Angeles Kings have re-signed defenseman Alec Martinez to a six-year, $24 million contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Martinez’s new deal is worth $4 million per season against the Kings’ salary cap. It pushes the Kings’ payroll for next season to over $60 million invested in 14 players. Kings GM Dean Lombardi evidently believes he’s worth it. In a short period of time, Martinez has become part of the Kings core, which management is keen to keep intact as much as possible.
While Martinez isn’t as well-known as teammate and fellow blueliner Drew Doughty, he’s become an invaluable part of the Kings defense corps. He’s a good puck-moving defenseman and possesses a strong shot. He had 22 points in 61 games last season and is on pace for 30 this season. He also had 10 points in 26 playoff games last spring, including the Stanley Cup-winning goal.